Every year on September 25th, National Comic Book Day honors the art, artists, and the stories of comic books. Fans and collectors, readers, and artists come together to celebrate the day with events across the country.
First popularized in the United States, comic books are also called comic magazines. Generally, comic books produce drawn sequential and opposing panels representing individual scenes. Each scene often includes descriptive prose and written narratives. When placed together, the panels form a complete story or a portion of a serial.
- The earliest comic strips, (which later gave birth to comic books), displayed dialogue in bubbles or balloons above characters’ heads.
- As an art form, the designs can be quite intricate. For example, text, dialogue, personalities, color, and imagery all enhance part of a storyline. Over time, these storylines also distinguish eras, artists, genres, and themes.
- People who collect comic books are known as pannapictagraphist.
- The term “comic book” comes from the first book sold as a book reprinted of humorous comic strips. Despite their name, comic books are not all humorous in tone and feature stories in all genres.
- One of the earliest known comics printed was The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck. The 1842 hardcover comic book became the first known American comic book.
- In 1896, a comic-book magazine was published in the United States featuring The Yellow Kid in a sequence titled “McFadden’s Row of Flats.” The 196-page book featured black and white print and measured 5×7 inches. It sold for 50 cents.
- In 1933, a comic book, Famous Funnies, appeared in the United States. Many believe the work to be the first real comic book. The reprinting of earlier newspaper comic strips established many of the story-telling devices used in comics.
- There are a lot of comics around the world that are incredibly popular. One of the most popular comics is One Piece, which has sold more than 473 million copies around the world. One Piece is a Japanese manga series, which has been illustrated and written by Eiichiro Oda.
- A comic book or comicbook is a publication that consists of comics art in the form of sequential juxtaposed panels that represent individual scenes
- It also called comic magazine or simply comic
- Panels are often accompanied by descriptive prose and written narrative
- Dialog is, usually, contained in word balloons emblematic of the comics art form
- Comics has some origins in 18th century Japan
- The largest comic book market is Japan
- Annual sales of 1.9 billion manga books/magazines in Japan
- This is the equivalent to 15 issues per person
- The smartphone and the tablet have turned out to be an ideal medium for online distribution
- On November 13, 2007, Marvel Comics launched Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited, a subscription service allowing readers to read many comics from Marvel’s history online
- With the release of Avenging Spider-Man #1, Marvel also became the first publisher to provide free digital copies as part of the print copy of the comic book
- American comic books first gained popularity after the 1938 publication of Action Comics. This included the debut of the superhero Superman
- After WW II, crime and horror comics became the most popular genres and garnered a lot of controversy for their depiction of larger-than-life criminals, revenge tales, and gore. They were heavily criticized by educators and librarians arguing that they were deteriorating the minds of young readers. There was a campaign against “crime comics” led by psychiatrist Fredric Werhtam who also testified at the 1954 U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency.
- In 1951, the FBI investigated this industry and claimed that the horror and crime shown in these comics resulted in increased juvenile delinquency.
- Contrary to what you would believe, the most popular Marvel superhero isn’t the longest running one. So tough luck Captain America! While the Captain was introduced in 1941, there was someone who preceded him . it was Ka-Zar the Great, lord of the Jungle who was was supposed to make the most of the success of Tarzan. He first appeared in October 1936, three years before Marvel Comics was launched.
- What’s Jughead’s name? Move over DC and Marvel, the Archie Comics have their own secrets. So Jughead had a real name, it was Forsythe Pendleton Jones II. He also had sister named Forsythia “Jellybean” Jones.
- Disney’s Donald Duck sets the record for appearing in most film. He is also the fifth most published character after the popular ones like Superman, Batman, Spider-Man and Wolverine.